Epson 3880 Driver vs. On-Printer paper settings.
I have never had enough time to spend looking at he undocumented features of the front panel. At some point, I think through the custom settings or custom media types of the driver’s dialog, get those settings to appear on the front panel. So for instance I have a setting (and media type) called Canson Rag, which I use for Canson Rag Photographique 310 g/m². When I choose that custom setting (or it could be custom media type), that wording appears on the front panel as the paper type when I am printing with that paper.
The vagaries of Japanese software always amaze my western mind.
If you want to mess with custom settings on the front panel and via software (not just the driver dialog in play here but also the ‘remote panel software’), I would be real happy to applaud you publicly – it might only take a couple of seven hour days.
Thanks for your response Brian. That, and a conversation this morning with a tech at the Epson USA "pro" support center makes me feel that I'm not alone in being mystified by the Epson driver/control panel logic.
Basically, I asked the tech the same three questions I asked in my original post. In each case he managed to answer a different question than the one I asked. I was about to conclude that I had accidentally reached some politician's office, when on the second asking he gave me a straight answer to "which prevails, driver or control panel?"
"Driver" was the answer this time. "Always use the driver. Don't use the control panel to make paper settings."
I guess, like me, Epson USA has not much documentation on that printer control interface. If they don't know much about it, and I don't need it. I think I'll forget about it.
Strange, that whole episode.
PS I don't mean to knock Epson support. On the whole they have been more accessible and helpful than most, in my experience. I suspect my issue reflects the kind of product-knowledge gap that sometimes happens when manufacturer and support are half-a-world apart.
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